Two red flags in pre-qualifying as Marciello picks up the pace – Sportscar365


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Raffaele Marciello’s weekend form at Brands Hatch continued as the Akkodis ASP Team driver conducted a pre-qualifying practice session that included two red flag outages.

Marciello topped the second 60-minute session of the day with a time of 1:21.889 in the no89 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo, bettering his own morning free practice marker by a tenth and a half of a second.

The red flags were caused by off-track moments for the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo IIs, including one for Team WRT’s Valentino Rossi.

The motorcycle racing champion found himself in the gravel after spinning his No. 46 Audi into the left-hander turn of Stirlings. An eight-minute stop was needed to recover the broken down car, leaving just under 10 minutes of green flag at the end of the session.

Nicolas Schoell caused the first red flag after 16 minutes when he crashed out at Paddock Hill Bend, his No.99 Attempto Racing Audi coming into contact with the tire barriers.

Schoell’s car did not return to the track after the incident, which was followed by 17½ minutes of green flags until Rossi ran off the road.

Marciello sets the fastest lap before the first red flag. As was the case in free practice, the Akkodis ASP team recorded a double as Jules Gounon took second with a 1:22.104 effort in the #88 machine.

But a double for the French ASP organization was denied by its Silver Cup cars which both finished outside the top 10. The #87 car finished 13th after bouncing back from an early spin for Casper Stevenson at the exit of Hawthorn.

Christopher Haase finished third overall in the No. 11 Tresor by Car Collection Audi, three-tenths behind Marciello’s benchmark.

Dries Vanthoor finished fourth in the #32 Team WRT Audi, ahead of Sainteloc Racing Audi driver Patric Niederhauser and Pro-Am class leader Ben Barker in the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.

Barker finished sixth overall, one place ahead of Silver Cup leader Pierre Alexandre-Jean in the #53 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020.

Back-to-back qualifying sessions to decide the first grids for the 2022 GTWC Europe Sprint Cup season are scheduled to start at 3:50 p.m. BST (10:50 a.m. ET).

RESULTS: Pre-qualification

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.


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